Model Experts: Wax Anatomies and Enlightenment in Florence and Vienna, 1775-1815 (Paperback)Anna Maerker (author)
Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 01/05/2015
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Based on a detailed study of rich archival sources, Model experts explores practices of model production and display, and reveals the often invisible labours of the co-operating artisans, anatomists, and administrators. The book, now available in paperback, shows that the models were central to a remarkable political experiment: 'La Specola' opened in 1775 as the Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History, one of the first public science museums in Europe. As a venue for public enlightenment, the museum displayed model anatomies to create the model citizen. The study also moves beyond the borders of Tuscany, following a set of Florentine waxes to Vienna to explore the diverse reactions of medical professionals and general audiences as the models travelled in enlightened Europe.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 264
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm
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